Do You Know What to Expect From Your Teen?
Kids change a lot—physically, mentally and emotionally—as they move through the teen years. "What's typical for teens?" many parents ask.
Don't be surprised if your teen:
- Acts like friends matter more than you do.
- Needs your help, but won't admit it.
- Often tells you "You don't understand."
- Says "Everybody's doing it."
- Stays on an emotional roller coaster—up one minute, then down; adventurous, then shy; childish, then mature.
- Has bursts of energy followed by long periods of "vegging out" or doing nothing.
- Gets feelings hurt easily.
- Criticizes well-loved things—home, school ... and you!
- Is more self-critical—about abilities and appearance.
- Pokes, teases or puts down the opposite sex.
- Is embarrassed if you try to talk about sex.
- Grunts instead of talking in full sentences ("Whatever").
- Starts talking (perhaps passionately) about social issues.
- Stays preoccupied with personal thoughts and feelings.
- Experiments with different looks.
- Wants more privacy and independence.
- Argues about chores and personal hygiene.
- Wants to be a rock star, professional athlete or any other occupation that's viewed as glamorous.
- Is highly attracted to material things.
- Accuses you of preaching and not listening.
- Tries your patience.
- Does what you suggest ... but never while you're looking.
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